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The Mitchell Twins
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18, Seniors at Prattville High School, Prattville, Alabama
Eagle Scouts, Spirit of the Lions, Order of the Arrow-Vigil Honor, National Merit Commendations, Model United Nations members, Autauga County Christmas Team members
Starting with Scouts
William and John have been involved in Boy Scouts since the second grade and now take on leadership positions as Eagle Scouts. They’ve both been inducted into the Order of Arrows and received Vigil Honor for exemplifying the ideals of the Order of the Arrow and demonstrating a notable acts of service.
At Prattville High, they have received many academic honors including membership into the National Honor Society and Beta Club, being named AP Scholars, and they also earned National Merit Commendations. They share a lot, but when it comes to extracurricular activities (aside from Scouting), they’ve found individual passions. William has participated in a wide range of sports including football, competitive swimming, track and field and soccer. He’s been playing soccer since he was six and is now on the varsity soccer team. John discovered an interest in music and theater. “I was tricked into going to a theatre club audition and ended up getting a part in a one-act play,” John said. Now he’s a member of the theater program at school and has participated in several plays including recently playing King Claudius in “Hamlet.”
While both love science and hope to attend Georgia Tech, they plan to pursue different degrees and career paths. William plans to follow after his uncle’s lead and major in computer science with the hopes of working in the technology industry, while John would rather combine his love for children, chemistry and math to become a pediatrician.
William has always loved building things and used to have an interest in engineering, but when his uncle, a computer scientist, showed him “a bunch of cool stuff he could do” with technology, his interest in computers took off.
John’s heart for medicine comes from a personal experience. When their mom worked at Prattville Christian Academy, John got to know a little boy that who had leukemia. “I used to chase him around, and he used to always have this teddy bear. He was such a sweet kid, and I thought about how I wanted to help other kids like him,” said John.
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Both William and John consider their grandfather to be one of the biggest inspirations in their lives, and they strive to be like him as they grow older.
Despite having busy schedules, they are proud of the fact that their family still manages to maintain a close relationship and that they all spend time with one another, whether it be during family dinners or when they take time to stop by the school library where their mother works from time to time.
“Our parents have given us the tools we need to succeed and kind of let us figure the rest out for ourselves,” said William.
The boys’ parents, Mike and Cindy Mitchell, believe they’ve been blessed with bright and outgoing children. “We have always encouraged them to give their best effort at everything they do and not look for the easy way out,” they said.
Mike and Cindy both grew up in homes that valued family, faith and education. By making financial contributions toward their own college education, they were able to develop a greater appreciation for the opportunities and sacrifices their parents provided for them.
When asked what advice they would give to other parents, they agreed that it’s important for parents to show interest in their teen’s life, value their opinions, and also stay engaged with them. One way to do so is to “make it a point to have family time, away from the distractions of TV and social media, which affords you the opportunity to have meaningful discussions,” said Mike.